Who said what in and around the badminton world over the past week?
“When I saw his matches, I only saw his feet, how the heel-to-toe move took place or the toes moving so swiftly to cover the court in just one or half stride. Or to jump high for the killer shot.”
Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar waxing lyrical about badminton great Prakash Padukone.
“Like everyone else, I don’t think I was the best to begin with but stubbornness runs in my family.”
Abbie Brooks’ competitive edge helped the 18-year-old eventually represent her nation Scotland in junior events.
“I am very excited to play some good matches in front of the Dubai crowd. I will try my best for my team. Good luck to everyone.”
Yuta Watanabe looking forward to starting Japan’s first Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships (BATC) match in Group D.
“I don’t see them as a threat at all. In fact, I’m happy to see a young pair rising through the ranks, it’s been long overdue.”
Tan Kian Meng believes Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei‘s emergence is good for Malaysian badminton.
“We’ve tried to play as many tournaments as possible to get our world ranking up and gain experience. We are always getting there, reaching the knockouts. We hope to take the title at the All-Africa Championships.”
Seventeen-year-old South African Amy Ackerman boosted by recent deep runs at lower-tier tournaments with women’s doubles partner Deidre Laurens.
“Their progress has been rapid. We can’t take them lightly.”
Apriyani Rahayu wary of the Aimsaard sisters ahead of their Group C BATC clash.
“Even when she was young, she would always complete a task. If the coach asked her to do 15 rounds of the track, she’d complete it. She needed no one to push her right from the days she was only eight.”
PV Ramana says daughter Pusarla V. Sindhu has always been motivated to push the limits.
“We will prepare meticulously in order to regain our glory in badminton.”
Korea coach Kim Ha Kyun eyes medals at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games later this year.